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Trump Pardons / Discussions #1276632

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 22, 2020
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(Studio: John Berman; Washington: Pamela Brown) The pardons from President Trump after an "Axios" story found Trump turns on everyone discussed; photos shown of pardoned figures George Papadopoulos, in the Russia probe, Duncan Hunter, who misused campaign funds, Chris Collins, for insider trading & four Blackwater guards, who committed war crimes, non-violent drug offenders, two former Border Patrol agents.

(Studio: John Berman; White House: John Harwood) Trump's focus on misusing government power to his advantage leading to earlier pardons for former national security adviser Michael Flynn & clemency for Roger Stone with maybe Paul Manafort to come & why he is protecting people involved in Russian activities, including Blackwater's Erik Prince, who is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos while he is still trying to overturn the presidential election with members of Congress to challenge the election on January 6 discussed.

(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with CNN's "New York Times" reporter Maggie Haberman, David Gergen & John Dean about the pardons. [HABERMAN, DEAN, GERGEN - offers views on the Blackwater pardons of four men convicted of killing Iraqi civilians in 2007, of three Congressmen who had been early backers of Trump, on the statement about the Russian part of the pardons that attacks special counsel former FBI director Robert Mueller, what these pardons indicate about Trump & his pardon authority indicating the "fix was in" as with Manafort, on how there will be a lot more pardons with traditional pardons & others, on how do you square some of the pardons that are not "precess crimes" while all of Watergate actions were process crimes, what the erratic president may be do in his last 29 days so it is time for Republican leaders to intervene about the change of power, on Trump's ire at Vice President Mike Pence.]

Berman, John;
Brown, Pamela;
Harwood, John

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